The third album from Albuquerque native Jeremy Barnes but the first album with Heather Trost on violin. The Leaf Label release of The Way The Wind Blows is a gypsy folk dance with an influence of Romanian musicians, Fanfare Ciocarlia, striking brass instrumentals and the romantic melody of violin strings and old world style accordion.
(Zach Condon from Beirut also contributes his trumpet expertise)Like Beirut this duo has a deep appreciation for music and instrumental sound, something I think music these days often neglects. A sophisticated beautiful album that deserves to be heard.

A Hawk And Hawksaw will be on the BBC Radio 3 show, Mixing It today (Friday) and will be available online for a week after the aired session.

They will also be joining Of Montreal on tour for some shows in January. Also according to their record label The Leaf Label:

“Jeremy and Heather will be back in Europe for another tour in May 2007, where they will perform with a group of handpicked Hungarian musicians. There will be a new release to coincide with the tour.”

Courtesy of The Leaf Label a couple of tracks from AHAAH’s new album, take a listen and if you think you have heard AHAAH before I highly recommend taking another listen.

In The River (mp3 expired)

The Way The Wind Blows (mp3 expired)

Album available for purchase HERE (UK) and HERE (US)


7 Responses to “BBC With A Hawk And A Hacksaw and Tour News”

  1. fb on December 15th, 2006 2:08 pm

    Odd and startling. Somewhere on the edge between immensely appealing and being trapped in a Greek restaurant with a row of mangy cats staring at your food. Also it somehow reminds me of a song from the ’60s my parents used to play, I forget by whom, but it went “Those were the days my friend…”

  2. Mentok the Mindtaker on December 15th, 2006 3:09 pm

    Hey, I’ve loaded up your blog on the Hype Machine, I’ve got my sure-fire telemarketer-headphones on (so passersby assume I’m on the phone) and I’m ready to blow off the rest of Friday afternoon. Yay!

  3. Rachel on December 15th, 2006 3:47 pm

    fb, hmmm I suppose it can come off that way to some. I think this album seems to be much more appealing than previous releases, I adore that “In The River” track. I think I have become a BIG fan of this Balkan brass sound.

    Mentok, SWEET!!!! Hope you enjoy, let me know what you think. :) Tell your boss, “Do Not Disturb!” That would be awesome, wouldn’t it?

  4. drainpip on December 15th, 2006 7:33 pm

    Ooo… funky mediterranean love… I like, I like.

  5. FiL on December 16th, 2006 12:11 am

    Ah, Fraser, I see you’ve been to Greece – indeed, the cats there do stare. I had one of the most alarming meals of my life in that country, when a whole grilled octopus stared at me for the whole of dinner as i ate it piece by piece. I was also reminded of Alien, and expected the damn thing to fly up and hug my face. But I digress terribly…

    Yep, definitely a lick of the Balkans, but I also taste a good deal of klezmer therein. Very good stuff. And I do like the band’s Shakespearean name (“I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.” – Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii)

    Yet again, lovely finds my Dear Rachel. Can you do no musical wrong??

    P.S. Blogger is letting me be myself again! Yay!

    P.P.S. Word verification: udymvvat. I belive he was a 12th century Mongol warlord. Unfortunately he didn’t know a hawk from a hacksaw, and thus had his eyes pecked out in a bizzare carpentry accident.

  6. fb on December 16th, 2006 8:24 am

    Exactly! Which was to say there was a substantial positivity to the experience, which I have a feeling didn’t come off in my comment.

  7. Rachel on December 16th, 2006 3:42 pm

    drainpip, you are just saying that.

    FiL, nice citing of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, I am impressed.
    And I am so happy you can be yourself again. As for the musical wrong doing, I am sure I have been known to listen to some wrong doing in my day.
    Glad you like AHAAH.

    fb, postitive experience noted, I knew what you meant. ;)

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